Indoor Air Quality Testing (IAQ)
Indoor pollutants can have harmful effects on health and productivity within the workplace. On average, Americans spend 90% of their time indoors. Consequently, most of this time is spent around air pollutants that are two to five times more concentrated than the typical outdoor environment.
As a result, Sick Building Syndrome (SBS) and other building-related diseases are common among the American workforce. This is due to the residual concentration of industrial chemicals in the air in addition to poor ventilation and failing HVAC systems.
Healthy indoor air begins with a simple sampling of chemicals emitted into the air. Midwest Environmental Consulting Services, Inc. (MEC) can provide comprehensive Indoor Air Quality assessments for public and commercial buildings. Our Certified Industrial Hygienist (CIH) can visit your site to assess the air quality situation.
Our goal is to recommend practical solutions that resolve any air quality issues you may be encountering. Once we have completed our indoor air quality testing, we will prepare a customized plan based on the findings within your facility. We will suggest remediation tactics for each problem we have detected.
Positive/Negative Air Pressure Checks
Air Exchange Rate Testing
Ductwork Contamination Testing
Indoor Air Quality Hazards
MEC can perform numerous tests to ensure your air quality is free of hazards and meets exposure standards and guidelines established by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE).
Effects of Poor Indoor Air Quality and Pollutants
Potential Immediate Effects
Irritation of eyes, nose, and throat
Headaches and dizziness
Temporary illnesses such as pneumonia or bronchitis
Potential Long-Term Effects
Weakened immune system
Respiratory diseases such as emphysema
Damage to nerves, brain, kidneys, liver, and other organs
OSHA requires that air monitoring be conducted on 25% of all workers during abatement. To maintain acceptable indoor air quality standards, MEC can perform the air monitoring for you and provide you with a project log containing air monitoring reports.